<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/new-zealand/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">New Zealand</a> plundered their best opening partnership in nearly half-a-century on Friday as centuries to <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/tom-latham/news/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tom Latham</a> and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/jeet-raval/news/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Jeet Raval</a> put <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/bangladesh/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Bangladesh</a> on the ropes on day two of the first Test in Hamilton. <p></p> <p></p>Latham was not out 156, his ninth century, with Kane Williamson on 32 as New Zealand went to tea at 326/1, a first-innings lead of 92 with nine wickets in hand. <p></p> <p></p>Raval ended a record barren run by completing his maiden century and went on to 132 before he was the first wicket to fall. <p></p> <p></p>Together, Latham and Raval stood in a 254-run partnership, the third highest by a New Zealand opening pair and the best since Glenn Turner and Terry Jarvis's record of 387 against the West Indies 47 years ago. (<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/series/bangladesh-in-new-zealand-2019-200957/live-scores/new-zealand-vs-bangladesh-live-cricket-score-1st-test-match-187368-full-scorecard.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><strong>FULL SCORECARD: NEW ZEALAND vs BANGLADESH</strong></a>) <p></p> <p></p>For 68 overs they caressed the ball to all points of the boundary and looked extremely comfortable with Raval cracking 19 fours and a six in his marathon innings before the elusive breakthrough came for Bangladesh. (<strong>READ: </strong><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/new-zealand-vs-bangladesh-2019-jeet-raval-secures-maiden-test-hundred-as-new-zealand-cruise-809216" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Jeet Raval secures maiden Test hundred</a>) <p></p> <p></p>Captain Mahmudullah brought himself on for one over only and with his fifth delivery Raval skied an attempted slog-sweep to Khaled Ahmed at midwicket. <p></p> <p></p>Raval went into his 17th Test holding the New Zealand record for the most fifties (eight) without reaching a hundred. But he held his nerve after passing his previous best -- 88 on the same ground against South Africa two years ago -- and was able to raise his bat when back-to-back fours off Ebadat Hossain took him from 93 to 101. <p></p> <p></p>Latham, who had been dropped without scoring, brought up his latest century with a top edge off Abu Jayed that raced to the fine leg boundary. <p></p> <p></p>It is the fourth time he has passed the 150 mark and he has also reached 3,000 career Test runs in the course of his innings.